Wednesday, August 25, 2010

I Capture the Castle

I just finished reading "I Capture the Castle" by Dodie Smith and thoroughly enjoyed it! It is a narrative, as seen through the journals of Cassandra Mortmain. It has a bitter-sweet ending--it was not the ending I expected at all, to me it was so sad for three different characters. It does have quite a bit of language though, and a couple parts or things about it I think could have been left out and it would be better.
But I loved the narrative, and how it was so different from other books I've been reading lately. I really wish there was a sequel! I want to say more about this book--but I won't, in case you decide to read it. If you do read it though, I would love to talk about it with you!

Thursday, August 19, 2010


Oh how I love this boy. He has stolen my heart.

The Eyes Have It

These are my eyes. Sorry about the funny picture. I tried for at least half an hour to take a picture of only my eyes, but I couldn't figure out how to get it to focus, so finally I opted for the top part of my head...
In the picture, the eye on the left is wearing Mary Kay mascara.
The eye on the right is wearing Cover Girl lashblast fusion mascara.
As a BzzAgent, I get to try products for free and give my opinion of them--I was very excited to try mascara!
I thought I would be a harsh critic because I have almost always used Mary Kay mascara and not mascara you buy at the grocery store.
I was pleasantly surprised by Cover Girl lashblast fusion. The wand is shaped a little bit differently, so it was a little bit tricky to feel comfortable putting it on. But I have been pleased with the results--it actually does add more volume to my eyelashes. In the above picture, I'm not sure if you can tell a difference--but I can. I think my eye with Cover Girl Lashblast fusion mascara looks more pronounced and the eyelashes look fuller than with Mary Kay, partially because it is a little bit clumpier...but it doesn't come across that way.
The only bad thing about this mascara is that it runs really easily. So if your eyes water when you are chopping will make a mess of your face and your sweet toddler son will ask if your eyes hurt.
So...I recommend trying the waterproof mascara.
If you are looking to save some money without scrimping on quality--Covergirl Lashblast Fusion is a great mascara to try!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Fresh Peaches

Peaches are starting to be on sale everywhere...and I am hoping to make a delicious peach pie! Doesn't this look delicious?

Fresh Peach Pie

* ¼ cup lemon juice
* 3 cups fresh sliced peaches
* 1 cup sugar - divided
* 3 tablespoons cornstarch
* 2 tablespoons Butter
* 1/8 teaspoon salt
* 1/8 teaspoon vanilla or almond flavoring (I prefer vanilla)


1. Toss the lemon juice and peaches with 1/2 cup sugar.
2. Allow the mix to macerate (set) for one hour in the refrigerator.
3. Drain fruit and save one cup of the juice. If there isn't 1 cup of juice, add enough water or juice to make 1 cup. (If I need to, I use peach nectar or apple juice.)
4. In a sauce pan melt butter and cornstarch to make a rough.
5. Add the juice, ½ cup sugar, salt, and flavoring.
6. With a wire whisk, blend until well mixed.
7. Bring to a boil stirring until thick.
8. Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly; about 5-10 minutes.
9. Add the fruit and pour into a 10" cooked pie shell. Chill for 3 hours or overnight.

This recipe is from


I am really liking this skirt found at Ruche. They have some really cute skirts! And lots more. I've never really been into "vintage" but I really like their stuff! Go check it out!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Princess Dresses adorable is this? These tutorials (and pictures) are from this awesome new blog I found: crafterhours! They look simple and made me realize how incredibly un-creative I am...good thing I don't have a girl (I'm pretty nervous for when/if that day comes) to ask me to come up with ideas like this!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Tissue Paper Wreath

I am loving this tissue paper wreath! I really want to hang a wreath on the door of our new home...I think this might be the one! Find instructions here.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Gourmet Popcorn

I am so excited to try this "gourmet" recipe for Peanut Butter Cup Popcorn from Our Best Bites! They always have such amazing recipes and I already love their Cinnamon Popcorn...I can't wait to try this one too!